OWH MWT – any hero cards

Hey! It’s Wednesday – seriously? We had a longer weekend up north… thanks to the telephone company needing to make a service call on Monday, so it feels like Tuesday to me. Oh well, I guess the weekend will get here that much faster! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s OWH challenge is to make Anyhero notes. I had part of one last sheet of this K & Co. Americana pack, so I sliced it up to make 12 of this design:

Cuttlebug stars embossing folder
Nestabilities labels 8
Paper Smooches sentiment
K&CO. paper, Gina K ivory cardstock
Twinery twine
ย Just a few were blue, most were the red and white stripe.
My mom helped assemble! She’s better at bows than I am.

I embossed the kraft piece, used my white ink pad over the surface to make the stars pop a little more, and adhered the banners. I tied on the twine and added the die cut sentiment and done!ย 

Thanks for visiting me today!


OWH MWT & bootcamp

Hey there! It’s challenge day over at the Operation Write Home blog and today’s challenge is cards for kids! I’m sharing a card I made recently from some scrap pieces… gotta love it when you can use it up! See, people, this is why I leave my crafting space in disarray so often. Then I have to clean it, and it never fails that 10 minutes in I’ve found several things that could make a card and then I’m off crafting again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, this also works for the OWH Bootcamp repetition class:
Jilibean Soup dp scraps
Unity Stamp Co sentiment
Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder
Momento Danube blue and dandelion inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon crinkle ribbon
Gina K card stock

I thought this made a fun and cheery kid birthday card… those number papers work really well for kid birthdays, in my opinion! I think you can see the repetition here… there’s a lot of dots!ย 

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OWH sketch 159 – thanking my lucky stars

So when I saw this week’s sketch challenge over at the Stars & Stamps blog, I knew what I wanted to do. And then, like a dork, I went against my gut and tried to make a different card. Bad move… it didn’t turn out so well. ย DOH! (I won’t show you that one. Let’s all forget it ever happened!)

So I went back to my original plan. This is sketch 159.

Hero Arts for OWH stamp
Nesties labels 8, Cuttlebug stars EF
SU ribbon and ink

That’s all for now… busy weekend, leading up to a busy week! ย ๐Ÿ™‚


OWH sketch 157, the Paper Players sketch 130

Hello there on this snowy Sunday! We got sleet, some tiny hail, and lots of snow today. I’m headed out to shovel in just a sec; I put my girls to bed a few minutes ago and my oldest asked yet again if tomorrow will be a snow day. I don’t think so, but you just never know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is sketch day, both at Operation Write Home and the Paper Players. First up sketch 157 from The Stars and Stamps blog:
Basic Grey Hopscotch papers
Ocean Tides (PTI) and Dark Chocolate (Gina K) cardstock
unknown stamp set; glossy accents, foam tape
Divine Swirl embossing folder, Nesties labels 18

And then a new challenge for me, over at the Paper Players blog. I think I will become a regular there, I like their challenges a lot!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is sketch 130:

Cosmo Cricket material girl papers
Gina K dark chocolate cardstock
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co
Sizzix button die, Twinery twine, We R sew stamper

That’s all for me – gotta go shovel. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you later this week and thanks so much for visiting me today!


GIU – day 3

Oh my goodness, Wednesday already?? Jeez Louise. We have two holiday celebrations this weekend, plus some swimming lessons and sledding planned (well, as long as the weather cooperates). Must finish all of the things!! Plus we are supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow tonight. Have I mentioned that my BIL takes my daughter to school in the morning with his sons? And how very GLAD of that I am in the winter??

Today’s card is a masculine love card I made, again for Operation Write Home. It’s so easy to make pretty, flowery cards in pink and purple but male cards are much tougher. I really like how this one turned out:

Unity KOM Dec 2011 and Jan. 2012
My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose dp
Argyle embossing folder, Twinery twine
lots and lots of distress ink ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget to leave a comment before you go – I’ll chose two winners this weekend, one will get 2 Itty Bitty’s from Unity and one will get some random Unity stamps from me!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


OWH TT: santa cards

Hello there! Today I made my very first EVER Santa card. I have to say – I think it is pretty darn sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s card was made from this tutorial over at the Operation Write Home blog. It’s SUPER easy and very cute! These would be great to mass-produce.

All I had for sliders were two of these hearts, and I think they work quite well! I’m going to have to go find some soda can tabs so I can make some more.

Hero Arts sentiment
soda tab/heart slider embellishments
divine swirl embossing folder
large scalloped oval nesties

Thanks for visiting me today! I always appreciate your kind comments. )


OWH shape card for ODBD challenge

Hey there! Happy Friday – our family is at the lake today, relaxing and having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are, too – having fun, that is, even if you’re not at a lake. ๐Ÿ™‚

This month’s ODBD challenge for Operation Write Home was to create a shaped card. I saw a tutorial for a coffee cup card on the blog not too long ago, so I dug that one up since I never got to try it. LOVE IT! I have got to make some more of these soon! ย 

FYI, my card does not follow the tutorial very well. I messed up a couple of times so I just kind of winged it and it worked. The main difference is that I did not adhere my card closed – I cut the sides the wrong way, so I couldn’t slide in an insert. I think it’s okay, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made mine in masculine colors. I am trying to use more brown and make more masculine cards routinely. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bazzill – tropical breeze, carob cream
May Arts ribbon, Unity Stamp sentiment
Swiss dot ef, Nesties label 8

Thanks for looking! ๐Ÿ™‚

Unity FWF 3/30

Friday already… where did the rest of the week go? I’m not sure, but next week is spring break for our school district, so I’m pretty sure I won’t get much crafting in. ๐Ÿ™‚

My friend and I are headed to a shoebox swap in just a couple of weeks. As usual, we procrastinated and are just now figuring out what we will make! LOL She’s coming over today and hopefully our ankle biters will let us craft for a bit and iron out what we want to do, so we can get started cutting paper and making sure we have enough of everything!

I think shoebox swaps are tricky, because you want something simple enough for making 25-ish kits but you want something that doesn’t assemble in 2 minutes flat either. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think I am going to go with this one. I like how you could make it into a graduation card, since that season is upon us, or just a general congrats or encouragement card. Plus it’s pretty gender neutral (IMO), I think the grosgrain ribbon is texture-y enough for a man:

Ippity’s {…shine, shine, shine…} set
My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose paper
Really Reasonable ribbon – black grosgrain; glossy accents, chalks

However, my DH insists this one is better. I’m not sure, I think making that ribbon flower might be tricky if you’ve never done it before…

Unity’s Motherhood is a Verb stamp
Nesties labels 8 dies; Really Reasonable ribbon; Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink
Cuttlebug divne swirls folder; Momento tuxedo black ink, corner rounder

And finally, THIS was the card I had in my head to create for the swap, but I’m not so thrilled with how it came out. It’s so… blah. Boo.

Unity’s Feb 2012 KOM
Tim Holtz walnut stain ink, random DP and cardstock

So. There you have it. Which card would YOU want to make?

Thanks for visiting me today! Head back to the Unity blog and check out all of the other great projects. ๐Ÿ™‚ And did you see the SALE??? I’m trying not to look! LOL


January ODBD challenge for OWH

I am not complaining tonight –ย my DH had to work late and then go to the gun club for something, and the kids are in bed, soย I get some peace and quiet and time uninterrupted to craft!

The challenge this month is to use 3 patterned papers on your card. Now, for every 25 link-upsย ODBD will sponsor the postage costs for one large box to be shipped overseas each month (only linkย one per person), with a max of 2 boxes. Still, did you see that USPS rates are going up? (Shocking, I know!) So every little bit helps. All OWH guidelines apply (see here if you’re not familiar with OWH).

3 patterned papers… hmmm, not a hard challenge when you have scraps upon scraps to use up! I CASE’d this card from someone on the Mini-hop at the end of the year. Sorry I don’t remember who it was… if it was you, or you know, please tell me so I can give some credit, ‘kay?

This card is an exercise in ‘making do’. Those are all scraps ranging from .5″ to 1.25″. I adhered them to a scrap piece of cardstock (an awful, awful yellow-orange) and then CB’d it with my divine swirls embossing folder. I trimmed it and matted it in off white and then SU yellow something or other, but I had torn the striped piece near the bottom by accident, so I used this scrap piece of ribbon to cover it up, then I didn’t have 2 of those cute button brads, only one – so I tied the remaining scrap of ribbon and adhered it over the other hole on the tag.

Done, done, and done… this brings my spending freeze challenge to 31 cards for January, and I had to make the rule that multiples don’t count because I made LOTS of sesame street guys the other day. Woot! Kris, you will get another FULL box in a couple of weeks I think!

Now, go find some scraps and play along!


OWH MWT – another K-9 challenge!

Man, I think it is SO cool that Ciara is an honorary solider (read about that here), but these K-9 challenges are pretty tough for me. I’m just not a dog person! Luckily my last Lizzie Anne Designs order – two awesome grab bags – contained a cute dog image, so I colored it. And here’s where I admit that I seriously considered paper piecing him and making him a funky dog, rather than color him. *blush* I am just not good at coloring, and this is not the best pic. Sorry. The image was still a little wet.

Stamp: Lizzie Anne Designs
Paper: DCWV (the glitter is sealed in and therefore safe for OWH! Duly tested. :)) and random scraps
Ribbon scrap, Cuttllebug argyle embossing folder

No sentiment this time… I just wasn’t feeling it.

Thanks for looking, and be sure to come play along with usย  at the Stars & Stamps blog!